• What is self-dealing?

  • Can our private foundation hire a disqualified person?

  • Is it legal for a foundation to pay a trustee to perform staff or professional advisor services?

  • What are the penalties for self-dealing?

  • What are some of the most common self-dealing abuses?

  • Are there acts that qualify as exceptions to the self-dealing rules?

  • Who is classified as a disqualified person?



Primers are key information individual, family, and small-staffed foundation donors, distilled into 10 to 20 pages and available for download from our store.

How to Avoid Self-Dealing

Additional Resources


Be part of the largest community for funders with few or no staff.

Join Now